Wisdom from the Truly Fantastic Four
June 20, 2017
Today was “Step Up” Day at our school. Students move up to their next class, meet their teacher, and we have a step up ceremony for the fourth graders who are moving on to middle school.
Our fourth grade team for the last several years has started the year with a fantastic four theme. Each plays one of the members of the Fantastic Four, imparts their wisdom, and defeats “Dr. Doom” who represents all of our negative thoughts. It’s a very positive mindset message and has been very effective for our fourth grade.
Today at their step up, the teachers reminded the students of those ‘fantastic four’ skills. Somehow today as we let them go and say goodbye to a treasured teacher, these words hit home to me.
Ms. Fantastic, of course, has the ability to stretch herself. The gift of flexibility. Not everything goes the way we plan or the way we might want. Flexibility gets us through many situations.
The Human Torch represents energy, but not the kind we get from too much caffeine. Energy that comes from within. A positive mindset. The knowledge that when we put our mind to things we can accomplish much.
The Invisible Woman. When things are transparent, there is clarity, but also truth. Truth is an important quality. Be true to yourself. Be truthful with others.
The Thing… strength. The strength to persevere when things are difficult. To push our thinking, our work, ourselves to achieve.
My friends, the fourth grade teachers spoke of these things with their students in fall and today, but more importantly, they represented them to all of us each day of this year.